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Sinking of an Italian freighter: Risk of pollution on French coasts

A risk of pollution hovers over the French coast between the Charente-Maritime and the Gironde, after the sinking of an Italian freighter off the Finistere, in the Brittany region (extreme west of France), announced the maritime prefecture of Atlantic.

The Italian merchant ship “Grande America”, victim of a fire Sunday night, sank Tuesday by 4,600 m bottom, said a spokeswoman for the maritime prefecture.

The freighter from Hamburg, Germany, was scheduled to stop in Casablanca before traveling to South America. It had on board 365 containers, in addition to the 2,200 tons of heavy fuel oil, its fuel, which were also inside.

According to the media in France, “the main risk comes from the fuel oil in the ship”.

An oil slick that stretches about ten kilometers long and one kilometer wide was located on Wednesday afternoon in the sinking area, 333 kilometers off La Rochelle, announced the maritime prefecture of Atlantic in the evening.

The pollution could spread from the seafront of the Charente-Maritime to the Gironde in a few days.

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